"Akon's Biography"

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Birth name

 Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Badara Akon Thiam 


 April 16, 1973 (1973-04-16) (age 37)

St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. 


 Dakar, Senegal 


 R&B, hip hop, pop 


 Singer-songwriter, record producer 

Years active



 Universal, SRC, Konvict, UpFront, Kon Live 

Associated acts

 T-Pain, Kardinal Offishall, Colby O'Donis, Lil Wayne, 

Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Sway DaSafo, 

Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie 

 Website AkonOnline.com 

 Born Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Badara Akon Thiam

(pronounced /'e?k?n/),[1] (born April 16, 1973) is a 

Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, record 

producer, and businessman.

 He grosses over 30 million dollars a year according to 

Forbes. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release

of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album 

Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, earned him a Grammy 

Award nomination of the single "Smack That". He has since 

His 2 record labels, Konvict Muzik, Kon Live Distribution.

 Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently 

credited with over 300 guest appearances and 45 Billboard 

Hot 100 songs. He has worked with numerous performers such 

as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Quincy Jones, Eminem and 

Whitney Houston. He is the first solo artist to hold both 

the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard 

Hot 100 charts twice.[2] He has had 6 Grammy Awards 

nominations and has produced many hits for artists such as 

Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis and Leona Lewis. Lady Gaga and 

T-Pain are two artists who were given their chance at fame 

by Akon. He has also released a song called "Beautiful" 

featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall which is in 

his hit album named Freedom which he released in 2008 and 

also "

Right Now (Na Na Na)" in the same album.

From: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

The mere act of surviving on a day to day basis is the foundation 

from which a true artist builds his craft. Multi-talented newcomer 

AKON is no exception to this rule. His dynamic debut album, 

TROUBLE, a collection of stirring songs, creatively reflects the 

ups and downs of the singer/songwriter/producer's life experiences. 

A crafty blend of soulful hip-hop, TROUBLE is AKON's vibrant first 

time tour-de-force.

"TROUBLE evolved from the struggles I went through and what I did 

and am still doing to correct those things," offers AKON, who has 

had his fair share of adolescent problems with both the legal and 

school system, as is reflected in his redemption song "Trouble 

Nobody." "I've got a habit of writing about everything I go 

through," he explains, "and this album gives a glimpse of where I 

am now." 

To understand where AKON is right now is just half the equation. 

The other half lies in where he came from: this young artist 

possesses a unique history. A Senegalese African, AKON moved to 

the United States when he was seven. His family is headed by 

legendary percussionist and jazz musician Mor Thiam, whose 

expertise for playing the Djembe, a traditional African drum, has 

been touted as "unrivaled." Being brought up in an environment that 

treasures the true artistic value of musicianship and revels in the 

mastering of instrumental skill has had a momentous affect on AKON. 

It was AKON's deep rooted love and passion for music, evolving 

from filial admiration, which allowed him to turn his life around, 

despite his trouble as a youth residing in New Jersey. AKON began 

playing several different percussion instruments and eventually 

embraced hip-hop music and culture, despite his initial disdain for 

the genre. "When I first heard hip-hop I thought it was rubbish 

because I didn't understand the concept of people talking over 

music," AKON recalls, "But as I started growing up, living a little 

and listening to the lyrics, I realized that I was going through a 

lot of stuff these rappers were talking about and I could relate."

Once hip-hop took over his life, AKON's musical development 

exploded and he began channeling his energy into writing and 

producing his 

own music. Songs such as "Show Out" display how much hip-hop has 

influenced him. Over the sparsely yet hard hitting groove, "Don't 

tempt me/'Cuz I'm close to the edge/I'm trying not to lose my head

," ring the lyrics that cleverly integrates original school lyrics. 

At the same time, the song pays homage to hip-hop pioneers all 

while maintaining its own identity. 

Meanwhile, his first single "Bananza (Belly Dance)" exhibits 

another side of the artist. On this song AKON puts forth a feel-good 

vibe. Singing over a seductive and sensual beat, "Bananza 

(Belly Dance)," is one of AKON's most irresistible tracks. The 

song integrates a unique up tempo dance beat with a distinct wind 

instrumentation floating in the background guaranteed to improve 

every listener's mood. The reason for this, AKON says, "There are 

a lot of negative things going on today." "We need to party and just 

have fun," he continues, "'Bananza…' is a party record. You just go 

in the club, party and enjoy those beautiful women." 

However, life does not solely revolve around beautiful women and 

leisure time and AKON is well aware of this. On the somber, soulful 

"Ghetto" and the meditative, impressive "Journey," AKON gives 

listeners an in-depth look into a harsher world, one that is just 

as gripping as it is chilling. But rather than sensationalize his 

own drama, AKON transmits, to his audience, the feeling of being 

a part of his inner circle. 

AKON's personal appeal and ability to reach a listener is a part 

of his whole package: a package that includes, most importantly, 

his distinctive vocals and a relaxed singing style. It is as though 

he is speaking to you as he sings in a very intimate manner. "When 

I sing the sound comes from the mood that I am in. These records 

are coming straight from the heart," AKON divulges. 

Genuine and honest, AKON's music is a step in a new direction: 

a trajectory that will lead us on a delightfully fulfilling path. 

Says AKON, "When I'm on the mic, I'm just giving the listener 

a part of me." Be prepared to receive it.

From: AkonOnline.com 
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1. Angel

2. Beautiful

3. Belly Dancer (Bonanza)

4. Dangerous

5. Don't Matter

6. Ghetto

7. Hold My Hand

8. I Just had Sex Featuring Lonely Hearts

9. I'm So Paid Ft. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy

10. I Wanna Love You Ft. Snoop Dogg

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11. Locked Up Featuring Styles P

12. Lonely

13. Mama Africa

14. Pot Of Gold

15. Right Now Na Na Na

16. Sexy Bitch

17. Smack That w/Eminem

18. Sorry, Blame It On Me

19. Soul Survivor FT/Young Jeezy

20. We Don't Care

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